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Zajac: "I'm happy to be with the Devils"

Wednesday, 07.22.2009 / 12:08 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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newjerseydevils.com – Now that he has a new deal in place, Travis Zajac said he can focus on the season ahead. It was announced Wednesday that Zajac had signed a multi-year contract to remain in New Jersey.

"I didn't really know what was going to happen," Zajac said. "I was anxious to see what was going to take place, but I'm happy to be with the Devils. It's an exciting team and I'm happy to be a part of that."

The restricted free agent filed for salary arbitration on July 5, but avoids the hearing that was scheduled for later this week.

"We wanted something that myself and the organization would be comfortable with, and we were able to come to terms on that," he said. "I think we're both excited for the future here."

Zajac, 24, set new career highs across the board in 2008-09. Centering Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner, he collected 20 goals and 42 assists for a 28-point improvement over his 2007-08 campaign.

One of the most durable Devils, Zajac has appeared in 237 straight games since October 2006, and 244 of 246 games during his NHL career.

Jersey's Team will have a new look in 2009-10 and Zajac represents an important part of a younger Devils nucleus that will try to build on last year's franchise-record 51 wins.

"We still have a number of our core players back, and we have a lot of character in the dressing room," he said. "It looks like a younger team, but I think we're going to have a great mix of youth and players who have won and been there before."

The Winnipeg native is looking forward to playing for Jacques Lemaire, who guided the Devils to their first Stanley Cup title in 1995 and was named as the club's new head coach on July 13.

"He's a great coach," he said. "He's obviously won the Stanley Cup and has had a lot of success in Minnesota as well as in New Jersey. I'm excited to learn from him."

With a possible youth movement on the horizon, Zajac would be eager to step up and fill the role of mentor as he continues to develop – now under the winningest coach in Devils' history.

"I've learned a lot in the years that I've been there, and it's time for me to take on more of a role as a leader and a guy that could help out younger players," he said. "I'm looking forward to that job and to an exciting year."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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